West Bay stabbing leads to attempted murder charge

A crew member of a fishing boat has been charged with attempted murder following a stabbing in West Bay on the night of Jan. 21.

Meleton Rosales Maick, 54, appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday. He is accused of attempting to cause the death of a woman at her residence on Watercourse Road.

A police press release said Maick was known by the woman. It further stated that she did not receive life-threatening injuries; she was taken to the Cayman Island Hospital and released the next day.

In court, defense attorney John Furniss told Magistrate Grace Donalds that Maick is a Honduran national who was on island because the boat he works on was seized by customs officers some months ago. The charge sheet had a West Bay address for the defendant.

Maick and six other people came into the dock later the same morning, charged with importation of 52.64 ounces of ganja – about 3.25 pounds. Maick and five men pleaded guilty; a woman pleaded not guilty. The charge was dated Sept. 29, 2015. The seven defendants had been on bail and all but Maick had their bail continued until Jan. 27, when Mr. Furniss said he would apply to have the boat, named Baby Sol, returned to its owner so it could go about its business.

The magistrate transmitted the attempted murder charge to Grand Court, where it was set for mention on Feb. 12. Mr. Furniss advised that a Spanish-speaking interpreter would be needed. He did not make any application for bail.